Help Buddy Fight Cancer
Well, as healthy as I am, most people think I'm 45 ( I am 60), I now have melanoma cancer. Melanoma cancer is a very aggressive cancer and it is on my right heel. I have had one operation and about a third of my heel is now gone. Now after learning how to walk again, the doctors say the cancer is back after only 5 months. Like I said it is very aggressive! Because of this I have not worked in over 5 months. My wife's income and a small pension from the state of Tennessee is what we are living on right now. If it were not for my family, friends, and our church we would have lost our house and well as our 2 vehicles. We now know first hand how hard mentally, physically, and financially it is to go through this ordeal. That is why we are looking for help because as most everyone knows, that has had cancer or had a loved one with cancer, there are no programs out there to help with finances unless you are at poverty level or under.
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There is a common theme about every story I heard: I first got cancer, was devastated mentally, then came the treatments which drained me physically, then the bills start coming in. Not just the doctor bills, but the every day bills; electric bill, money for gas to go to the doctor, losing your job because you can’t do what you used to do before the cancer. Then the depression sets in or you start feeling sorry for yourself. Then you start loosing your car, your dogs and cats, your mobility, your house and you sink further into depression. Then you withdraw from friends and family, think about suicide, or even commit suicide.
Tina and I think we can help people with this problem. If you have anyone that has cancer, please have them contact me, or you contact me, and I will contact them. In the meantime, help me get this organization started. We can all help somebody, we just have to step forward and do it!
We will be having fund raisers before long. Just to get the non-profit registered with the federal government and Tennessee, is going to take around $1000.
Please help us help others. Help a buddy fight cancer!!
I was on WBBJ TV today and told everyone in the Jackson area about our ride. Tom Britt, an old friend from my UTM days, interviewed me. We did a spot for the local area and one for CBS. He really helped get the word out!
I really want to thank Kevin Wright, my good friend from Nashville, for his help. Kevin, I could not have done this without your help. We also have a new sponsor: JRN Kentucky Fried Chicken. So we will be eating at KFC with the Colonel while on the ride. Please support our new sponsor. We are still about $500 short, but I know GOD will help us through. If you would like a shirt or want to contribute, go to: my go fund me link, or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep us in your prayers, my wife Tina, my father-in-law Jr., and my good friend Quentin.
My wife and I are still looking for sponsors. I will be at Bells Bend Park for the Outdoor Extravaganza on April 8th. Come join in the fun and contribute to this ride. We are still around $2,000 short, and I would like to be able to start the non-profit organization Help a buddy fight cancer, after the ride with the money we have left over. This organization will be to help people in Tennessee that because of cancer cannot pay their everyday bills.
My treatments (called V-Tech) seem to be working. I have at least 2 more treatments before we find out for sure whether it is killing the cancer. Keep me in your prayers, you are in mine.
Here are the tentative times and dates for the ride:
5/15 Kingsport to east of Knoxville
New Market 4pm
east of Knoxville 6:30-7pm
5/16 east of Knoxville to Sparta
Crab Orchard 3:30-4pm
5/17 Sparta to Brentwood
Green Hill 4-4:30pm
Oak Hill 5:30-6pm
5/18 Brentwood to Linden
Spring Hill 10-10:30am
5/19 Linden to Brownsville
Spring Creek 12:30
5/20 Brownsville to Memphis
east Memphis 12:30
Bass Pro Shop 3-4pm
As always, your buddy